I have been working on this block for quite a while now. It was wonderful to put the final applique stitches into this block this week.
I have to admit I was stressing a bit about how long these blocks are taking. I had set a goal of finishing them by the end of summer. I decided a couple of weeks ago, sometimes it is better not to have a deadline. I love to applique, but applique takes time and I have decided to just enjoy the process. Remember the Doris Day song from the 1950's Que Sera Sera, that is the attitude one needs to take with applique, what will be will be.
So, after getting all the layers of pedals on the flowers I am added the three centers to the large flowers on the block. I use perfect circles by Karen Kay Buckley to make my circles. I thought I would include some pics I took along the way for those of you that have never used them.
|I start by tracing around the perfect circle template that corresponds to the finished size of the circle.|
|Next I baste around the outside of the drawn line in what will become the seam allowance. Doing this before cutting them out makes this easier on the small circles.|
|This is how they look after cutting them out.|
|Then I place the plastic template on the wrong side of the fabric and pull the basting thread to gather the thread around the template. I will give the circle a quick shot of spray starch before I pull the thread.|
|This shows how the back side of the perfect circle looks after pulling the thread. Then I give them a press with my iron till the fabric is dry. Once they cool the template is removed and the thread can be clipped back and they are ready to applique.|
|The results are perfect circles ready to be applique to the center of my flowers|
Hope you finding time to put in some slow stitching today. I am linking to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday so I can find inspiration from all the wonderful hand work being done today.